Aitor Elizegi, together with the rest of the members of the Statutes reform commission, presented in San Mamés the text that they will try to approve in the Assembly on the 23rd. After carrying out the Animation Stand, this will be his last as president of Athletic. They will be voted on in their entirety, not in parts, and it is a text that “totally respects the traditional values and philosophy” and “establishes the figure of the Member’s Ombudsman, regulates the endorsements and guarantees of the management of the leaders and guarantees and is committed to defending equality, Euskera, inclusivity and minors”, explained Elizegi.
This project comes to light after 140 work meetings, the participation of more than 2,000 partners, 326 valued amendments and 146 modifications, 43 more than in the preliminary project. It is the third attempt to update the Statutes, counting the previous two by Macua and Urrutia as failures. Among the key aspects are guarantees. The winner of the elections will have to present a pre-guarantee for 5% of the current budget, with a term of one month for them. All this as long as the reform is approved, since otherwise it will remain at zero, as established by the new Sports Law. The truth is that each board must answer for its management, being also responsible if nothing is guaranteed.
For the rest, they propose that the most decisive questions be decided in a universal assembly, but as long as it is requested by 10 percent of the members or endorsed by the delegates.. These will go to 1,206 and their powers will be cut. They may be accredited every five years, with the obligation to attend four assemblies. Two unexcused absences will result in dismissal.
Elizegi has been clear, like the other four responsible for the reform. The president highlighted the importance of assessing “a project involving many partners” which he considers “a tool to support future directives”. In addition, he has shown his predisposition to collaborate with the next board of directors in this section. “This articulated will allow us to enter the future strong and also in the medium term, to catch up with the rest of the clubs with which we compete, which have already caught up to this point,” he added.
Former president Ana Urquijo was also forceful, following the same line. “If this reform is not approved, we will miss the train of the modernization of Athletic. They are the Statutes of the 21st century. Can you imagine that we would have said no to the project of the new San Mamés? Today we would be in a field that we wanted very much, but had been I’ve grown old. Athletic is a very big club and we have a responsibility not to let the club fall behind”, he explained.